How Semantics Are Steering Dropout Rates in Education
A recent piece in the New York Times, Money, Race and Success: How Your School District Compares, has drawn considerable reaction from the education community. We spent time with Mark Claypool of ChanceLight Behavioral Health & Education and recently IPPY Silver Award winning author to discuss the behind-the-scenes semantics of education politics and messaging as it relates to key issues like student dropout rates. It becomes clear that the path forward is often riddled with confusing directions and outside interests. Claypool and his co-author, John McLaughlin, had further comment here.
Mark Claypool is a social entrepreneur, education administrator and former social worker who believes all children can advance academically, behaviorally and socially if given the right tools in the right environment. He has held positions in both Tennessee state government and the private sector in mental health, juvenile corrections and education, and has more than two decades of experience in K-12 education, special and alternative education and behavioral health.
Claypool is president and CEO of ChanceLight Behavioral Health & Education, which works with more than 13,500 clients and students every day to provide behavior therapy and alternative and special education programs through its three divisions: Early Autism Project, Ombudsman Educational Services, and Spectrum Center Schools and Programs.
Claypool is a frequent speaker about the value of public-private partnerships in education and has recently co-authored a book titled, “We’re In This Together: Public-Private Partnerships in Special At-Risk-Education.”
Check out previous discussions with Mark Claypool here!
ChanceLight Behavioral Health & Education is a partner of MindRocket Media Group the parent company of edCircuit.